WHAT IS A MIGRAINE?
- Severe throbbing pain, usually beginning, and often remaining, on one side of the head.
- Severe head pain, accompanied by nausea, with or without vomiting.
- Some sufferers have warning signs such as auras before the onset of pain. Typical auras last a few minutes and can include blurring, bright lights in the vision, anxiety, disturbed thinking, numbness, and /or tingling often on one side of the face or body.
- These attacks can last from 4 to 24 hours and can leave the patient feeling lethargic and washed out for the approximately 24 hours after the pain has gone.
- Severe throbbing pain can affect one or both sides of the head.
- Often no warning signs appear.
- Symptoms can last 1 to 3 days.
- Severe pain usually localised around one eye or temple, with no warning signs.
- Usually occurs in clusters of 1 to 3 headaches in 1 day lasting up to a week. These can often reoccur every few months.
- May be associated with sensitivity to light, sinus congestion and mood changes.
Migraine is a debilitating condition that can impact severely on your life. If you suffer from migraine it’s crucial that you understand how to control your attacks.
When a migraine occurs, there may be several contributory factors. It’s a good idea to keep a diary of what you have eaten, or what has occurred, (eg: additional stress, menstrual cycle) prior to the onset of a migraine. It is also valuable to note your diet and lifestyle when you are free of migraines. This information will help you to know if it is your diet/lifestyle that is contributing to the occurrence of your migraine or headache.
Several studies have been conducted throughout the world showing that Reflexology can assist in relieving not only the symptoms, but also in reducing the frequency of migraines and headaches.
If symptoms persist, please consult your doctor, as further investigation may be required.
Reflexology is rapidly finding acceptance in hospitals and clinics around the world, both as an independent therapy and as a support to other forms of health care.